White Willow (salix)
The bark of White willow has been used for centuries for natural pain relief and inflammation, and to prevent malaria. White willow contains a compound called salicylic acid. You may have heard this compound called by another name- aspirin! Scientists caught on to the powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of white willow and began to isolate and replicate this compound in a lab, and created what we know today as aspirin. Taking white willow extract, tea, or chewing on its branches will give you the benefits of salicylic acid without the side-effects of aspirin- you can take it daily, and it won’t harm your liver or stomach. It’s even great as a preventative for those with inflammatory issues and diseases. Willow also contains a compound called salicin. Salicin contains an anti-malarial agent and has historically been used to cure malaria. Willows are water-loving trees, and can be found in swampy, wet, and marshy areas in all parts of North America.